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Full text of "The Letters Of Horace Walpole Vol I"

1742]
To Horace Mann
181
two, I shall go with my uncle and brothers to the Prince's levee.
Yesterday there was a meeting of all the Scotch of our side, who, to a man, determined to defend Sir Bobert.
Lyttelton is going to marry Miss Fortescue12, Lord Clinton's sister.
When our Earl went to the House of Lords to-day, he apprehended some incivilities from his Grace of Argyll, but he was not there. The Bedford, Halifax, Berkshirels, and some more, were close by him, but would not bow to him. Lord Chesterfield wished him joy. This is all I know for certain; for I will not send you the thousand lies of every new day.
I must tell you how fine the masquerade of last night was. There were five hundred persons, in the greatest variety of handsome and rich dresses I ever saw, and all the jewels of London—and London has some! There were dozens of ugly Queens of Scots, of which I will only name to you the eldest Miss Shadwell! The Princess of Wales was one, covered with diamonds, but did not take off her mask: none of the Eoyalties did, but everybody else. Lady Conway14 was a charming Mary Stuart: Lord and Lady Euston, man and woman huzzars. But the two finest and most charming masks were their Graces of Eichmond15, like Harry the Eighth and Jane Seymour: excessively rich, and both so handsome! Here is a nephew of the King of Denmark16, who was in armour, and his governor, a most
12  Lucy   (d.   1747),   daughter   of Hugh Fortescue, of Mlleigh, Devonshire ; m.  (1742) George Lyttelfcon (afterwards Lord Lyttelton).
13  Henry Bowes  Howard  (1686-1757),   fourth   Earl   of  Berkshire; succeeded as eleventh Earl of Suffolk, 1745.
w Lady Isabella Eitzroy, youngest daughter of the Duke of Grafton,
and wife of Francis Seymour, Lord Conway, afterwards Earl of Hertford. Walyole.
15 Charles Lenox, Duke of Bich-mond, Master of the Horse, and Sarah Cadogan, his Duchess. He died in 1750, and she the year following. Walpole.
» Christian VI (1730-1746).